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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Female, 2013

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

©2002 Jennifer Worth (P)2012 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Well written and well read, wonderful!

I thoroughly enjoyed both the words of the author and the readers voice. Clear and concisely worded with the right amount of adjectives to put you in the moment but not leave you lost in over-description. The reader changed her voice according to the speaker and mastered tone so you could almost see their facial expressions. The story was quite intriguing and lengthy but was broken into short sub stories so listening was easily done over many sessions.

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Wonderful!

I LOVE this book! Great read! Especially for those who love the tv series. I recommend it!

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Not for younger listeners

I really enjoyed this audio as I have also enjoyed the PBS show. I liked Nicola Barbers voice, I could imagine her walking me through the streets of Poplar as she read. However I have to warn that the chapter on prostitution is a bit graphic. I wouldn't let it discourage you from listening to this book, it's an amazing "read". Overall, I loved the book, a must hear.

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Wonderful memoir - fantastic narrator

This book is so much more than a story of the life of a midwife - it is a recollection of a life in a different time in history. Very well written. The narrator is hands down one of the best narrators I have ever listed to. Definitely worth 5 stars all the way around.

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Great story, horrific narrator - check the sample

I caught the show on Netflix and enjoyed it, so figured I would like the book even better, which is typically the case. The book's author certainly gives more detail and a clearer picture of the good and bad. I may still pick up the next two books on Kindle, but I won't be listening to the narrator ever again.

She has a lovely voice when she uses it, but she spends an inordinate amount of time using a sort of girlish whisper. It's such an odd affectation that it caused me to lose track of the story line several times. Partly because I flat out couldn't hear the words and partly because I was so distracted by the ridiculous choice of tone.

As others have said, check the sample first as her whispering may work for you. As for me, it ruined what could have been a 5-star experience.

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a favorite

awesome! I loved listening. the reader was superb. this is one of the best series ever!

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Wonderful narrator

the stories shared are amazing and give you a glimpse of people, time, and places forgotten. The narrator really brought this book to life. Her impressions and accents alone are good reason to buy the audiobook version.

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Alarmingly Captivating!!

The sweetness of the stories, the stark inside look of the English peasant people, the crudeness of the lowest of the low and the heart of the catholic sisters. It is all so revealing and heartwarming as told from the perspective of a young English nurse and midwife in the 1950's. I will undoubtedly listen again! I must also add that the narrator did a superb job!!

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The extraordinary , ordinary people!!!

This is an amazing story of real life in post war England. I didn't know about severe housing problem, the severe lack of midwifery training, and so much more. It is a discreet telling of the perverse people who took advantage of the above issues as I am sure happens today . I loved her characterizations of real people ! These people ordinary though they are are extraordinary . The author is perceptive and sincere.

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Wonderful book

I wondered at the first chapter if I would enjoy this book. soon after it became captivating. I could hardly put this book down to go to sleep. now I have downloaded another of her books as I must hear more!